Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (WATENV), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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WATENV is a research oriented international Master of Science Programme hosted at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Students obtain interdisciplinary knowledge and key qualifications in the field of sustainable water resources management. Graduates are prepared to take responsible positions e.g. in research and higher environmental administration. Scholarships for students from developing countries via DAAD and WMO partnerships.
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Sustainable development in all areas of water resources management, water supply, waste water treatment and solid waste management is of great importance for present-day and succeeding generations. Engineers and natural scientists in water resources and environmental management are qualified to search for responses to worldwide problems of increasing water scarcity, flood risks and environmental pollution. Graduates work together with colleagues in several special fields. The job is multidisciplinary, interesting and worldwide needed.

WATENV is a research oriented Master of Science Programme, which provides international students the opportunity to qualify for demading positions in water resources and environmental management. Therefore the education is interdisciplinary with optional specialization in Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering.

Several institutes of the highly reputable and well equipped Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany) are involved in the WATENV courses. They offer outstanding general conditions for students and researchers.

In the first semester students obtain knowledge of basics in natural sciences, environmental hydraulics, hydrology and water resources management. Afterwards one of the two special fields, Water Resources Management or Sanitary Engineering, has to be elected for the second and third semester. These scientific courses are accompanied by courses, which aim at the development and improvement of soft skills required for successful scientific work. In the fourth semester students complete the master thesis under supervision.


The WATENV M. Sc. programme is accredited by ASIIN e.V.

Programme Structure


Mandatory Basics:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Hydrology & Water Resources Management I
  • Environmental Data Analysis

Major A: Water Resources Management:

  • Hydrology & Water Resources Management II
  • Ecology & Water Resources
  • Hydrological Modelling
  • Special Topics in Water Resources Management

Major B: Sanitary Engineering:

  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Water Supply & Industrial Water Management
  • Special Topics in Sanitary Engineering
  • Elective Supplements:
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Computer & Informatics
  • Water, Soils & Vegetation
  • Practical Training in Sanitary Engineering
  • Flow & Transport Processes
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental & Coastal Management
  • Soft Skills and Projects:
  • Research Planning
  • Research Project & Colloquium
  • Theories & Methods of Research
  • German Language I/II
  • Master Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Students must hold a Bachelors degree with the grade "good" or better in a field related to the WATENV Masters programme, e.g. civil engineering, environmental sciences, natural sciences or geosciences. Practical training and stay abroad are not required. Instructions and examinations are given in English language. Applicants with non-English native language have to provide evidence of an adequate working knowledge of English via an internationally recognised certificate.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 370 International
  • EUR 370 EU/EEA


In the case that a candidate has not the possibility to finance the costs by her/himself, she or he is advised to check whether financing could be provided by local, national or other sources.

Some other possibilities to get individual scholarships:

  • DAAD: WATENV participates in the "Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries" programme of DAAD, which offers approx. 6 fulltime scholarships per year. Application via DAAD.
  • WMO

Additionally, the participating institutes of Leibniz University often offer part-time student assistantships. These could be useful for self-financing students to improve their financial situation. However these cannot be arranged before starting the programme.

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